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Conservation Biology

Roberts, David L. [1].

Effect of knowledge gain on species conservation status.

IT has been estimated that biological collections, such as those found in museums and herbaria, contain approximately 2.5 billion specimens. These specimens provide important information on the distributions of species in time and space. Indeed, for some species, collections are the only source of such information. The value of this information is growing with the demand for rapid and inexpensive conservation assessments. As with other kinds of biological data, in using museum and herbarium specimens to infer species on the conservation status, care must be taken to avoid bias due to sampling effects. One such way sampling bias may occur is the different in species discovery date and therefore time available to gain knowledge. Here we examine the role of biological collections in conservation assessments and see how knowledge gain may effect species conservation status. -DU


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1 - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Jodrell Laboratory, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, United Kingdom

Keywords:
Conservation assessment
Herbarium collections
Sampling bias.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 49-12
Location: 108/Tehama
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Time: 2:30 PM
Abstract ID:22


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